Protecting elephants in Kibale National Park, Uganda through conservation education, Uganda
Ivory poaching appears to escalate as human elephant conflict increases. Recently references to killing elephants emerged for the first time in community questionnaires, suggesting that ivory poaching is becoming an accepted part of the local cultural landscape. For conservation to be successful long-term it must engage the support of local people in protecting their environment. For 14 years the Kibale Forest Schools Program’s (KFSP) conservation programs have been able to reach not only the area’s children, giving them the effective conservation education they need to make good decisions as adults, but also their teachers, families and wider communities. With IEF support, in 2016 KFSP developed an elephant focused conservation education project for 15 government primary schools bordering Kibale National Park (KNP), Uganda to build empathy towards elephants and conservation in 8,000 primary school children, their schools and communities. In 2018, this project continues to expand knowledge and positive attitudes towards elephants through increased local engagement of parents in their children’s conservation activities, and meeting the need of increasing demand for accurate, practical environmental education and improved methods to reduce human/elephant conflict.